July 13, 2007

Volume 26, Number 45

ON THE COVER:
news

Council's Got ... Talent?

At intermission, we talk to the headliners

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Foie Gras Fracas

Animal rights activists who recently vandalized Downtown restaurants that sell duck liver or veal may be unintentionally screwing up efforts of separate animal rights campaign focusing on banning foie gras

BY AMY SMITH

Scott Panetti: Sane Enough to Execute?

Supremes' June 28 ruling in case of Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti concludes that law requires condemned inmates have some 'rational understanding' of why they're being executed in order to satisfy Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment

BY JORDAN SMITH

Local Critters Struggle Through Wet Weather

Austin, Hill Country's animals getting hammered by rains, other harsh conditions

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Naked City

Media Watch

KXAN promises a new approach to 'Austin News' – but will it go beyond just a new set?

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: Futrell's Twilight

As the city manager looks homeward, odd old business erupts

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Telling ghost stories around the summer campfire, the Statesman imagines a grisly end for Futrell

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Taking Taxpayers for a Ride; and Thompson the Actor

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Enough Is Enough!

I've been a food critic for 15 years. I've been overeating all my life. Recently, I decided enough is enough!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Independent Food

A letter from Boggy Creek Farm

BY CAROL ANN SAYLE

Wine of the Week

Try France

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Caffe Medici celebrates a big win at the South Central Regional Barista Competition

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

July 13-19

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Juke Joint Blues

Blues Boy Hubbard strolls down Eastside Austin's Chitlin' Circuit memory lane

BY JONNY MEYERS

Off the Record

Austin's musical landscape and its evolution continue rumbling down on Red River, documenting Roky Erickson, and the Weary Boys call it quits

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Spoon

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

The Gourds

Noble Creatures

Roky Erickson

You're Gonna Miss Me

Cue

Wedding Songs

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo

Glenn Rexach

Living Joe to Joe

Poor Man's Fortune, the Tea Merchants

In Good Time, One Lump or Two?
screens

Adjusting to the Mise-en-Scène

Nine nonfilmmakers – artists out of place – make one in 48 hours

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Guidance for Parentals Suggested

George Ratliff on Joshua

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

In Space

The Fiction Liberation Front

BY RICK KLAW

Film News

Austinite Chris Eska's August Evening wins big at LAFF, a year after locals Gretchen and Chalk did

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Walls come tumbling down

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Angel-A

Luc Besson delivers a gorgeous-looking but ill-conceived mash note to the city of Paris that stars a petty crook and an ethereal beauty.

Awarapan

In this new Bollywood film, a gangster has the job of keeping an eye on his boss' mistress, a girl who was sold to him in the flesh trade.

Broken English

Parker Posey gives a lovely, toned-down performance as Nora Wilder, the single, mid-30s Manhattanite at the heart of this romantic comedy.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Yes, it's true: Harry Potter manages his first kiss, in between all manner of expository storytelling, and never was a young man's wand more ever-ready.

Joshua

The privileged nuclear family becomes a hellish dystopia as a result of a 9-year-old child's subtle, nuanced, unspoken manipulations.

Syndromes and a Century

Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul creates a baffling yet intriguing film of meandering abstractions. (AFS@Dobie)

You Kill Me

Cuddlier and more charming, this alcoholic-hit-man comedy isn’t your typical John Dahl noir, but it is offbeat, lovably deadpan, and just tart enough.
arts & culture

What Can a Century Tell Us?

Looking at two art exhibitions that both survey 100 years of imagery, the more things change ...

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Chamber Music Festival: The aria of Anne Frank

For the first time in its 11-year history, the annual Austin Chamber Music Festival will present an opera: the Texas premiere of Grigori Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank

BY BARRY PINEO

Girls Girls Girls: The female of the species

Girls Girls Girls launches its Boys of Summer series with guest male improviser Jeremy Lamb

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Culture Flash!

The skinny on selecting public art, Cookie leads Dance/ USA, Conspirare goes worldwide, and a UT playwright's scholarly honors

Arts Reviews

The Buttons and Bows Show: Hilah's Dollhouse

The strength of The Buttons and Bows Show is Buttons and Bows, beautiful souls whose innocence is charming and heartbreaking

My Favorite Year

The Zilker Summer Musical production of My Favorite Year triumphed over the recent storms and occasionally over the show's weak material
columns

Page Two: Looney Tunes

A swan song for the conspiracy series

BY LOUIS BLACK

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Our latest batch

After a Fashion

Wynn bares all, Sills trumps Ivana, and when Stephen wishes for something, it comes true

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Lake Mackenzie, north of Silverton, a historic and scenic oasis in the Panhandle

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The arguments against ties and flip-flops

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Bad Credit – Should I Hire a 'Credit Repair' Company?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Roky Erickson's 60th Birthday Party

Paramount Theatre, Friday, July 13, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lightning on the road, and more on the Asian Cup, Copa América, Under-20 World Cup, MLS …

BY NICK BARBARO

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